A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- "Mom! We've got a Really Big Problem!"
My daughter ran into the family room screaming this the other
day. If you're a mom, you know the kind of images that race through
your mind when you hear those words. I always imagine the worst,
I was already mentally going through a check list: Stay calm,
get the first aid kit, dial 911, We ran down the hall while she
explained "I was just LOOKING at the ant farm mom, and then
the tube just FELL OFF, and the ants are ESCAPING!"
We rounded the corner and saw
her farming ants heading for their exit like K-Mart shoppers
heading for a blue-light special.
I quickly swept the ants back
into their farm and closed it up. She was so relieved. Then my
daughter and I had a little talk about how the tube really came
off, and all was well. Once again, Mom saved the day.
I'm grateful that working at
home has allowed me to be here with my kids, to help them when
they need me, and to help them work through their problems.
This has also made me think about
how many times I've been upset about something that seemed so
overwhelming at the time, only to have it all seem trivial and
insignificant once I look back on it. Working at home, it's easy
to get so caught up in our businesses that we can sometimes lose
perspective. How many times have I ran around screaming "I've
got a Really Big Problem!" When I could have just sat down
and solved the problem?
I'm sure there will be truly
big problems in our future, and we'll work through them together.
But for now, I'm just hoping that my kids' Really Big Problems
continue to be insect related for as long as possible.